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Drug importation rule finalized

Saturday, September 26, 2020   (0 Comments)
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The News Service of Florida
By NSF Staff

The Trump administration has finalized a rule to allow states to begin importing drugs from Canada. And while the federal government acknowledged that it does not know how much money could be saved through drug importation, Gov. Ron DeSantis quickly praised the president, saying it would decrease the financial burden for Florida patients.

“Driving down the cost of prescription drugs for Floridians has remained a top priority of mine,” DeSantis said in a prepared statement. “This step towards improved prescription affordability is a win for American consumers, and I thank President Trump for the swift action from his administration. By decreasing the financial burden for Florida patients, we will improve access to essential medications they rely on.”

The Florida Legislature in 2019 passed a bill that authorized the state to import drugs from Canada, but such importation also required federal approval. The Trump administration announced Thursday that the rule has been finalized.

The state Agency for Health Care Administration will announce in the coming weeks which contractor it will choose to help develop Florida’s drug-importation program, Medicaid director Beth Kidder told members of the state’s Medical Advisory Committee.